Gadgets Archive

Swarms of tiny, cute robots will one day bring you your phone, like this

Robots are taking over factories and warehouses, but their next stop might be your desktop or kitchen counter. These tiny “Zooids” work together at high speed to act as tools, display information, or move things around like little ants. The bots, named after the individual creatures that make up colonial organisms, were presented earlier this week at the Association for Computing Machinery’s UIST conference. Their …

Tapping into photo history, the £449 Kodak Ektra smartphone puts camera mechanics front and center

In a week where there has been much talk about a new phone vying to have world’s best smartphone camera, another device focused on photos called the Kodak Ektra is also making its public debut (after being teased earlier this month). Launching today in the UK and initially available only in Europe for £449 ($550), the Ektra is hoping to attract photo enthusiasts — in its case by tapping …

Moov locks down $12M Series B as it brings new wearables to market for real-time coaching

Motivation is hard to come by. If you’re lucky, you have friends that will go to the gym with you to keep you in line. If you’re wealthy, you can hire a personal trainer. But if your friends have long sense given up and your bank account is screaming mercy, your options are few and far between. The entire premise behind Moov is that wearables …

Become that nosy neighbor you always wanted to be with the Netatmo Presence

There’s a fine line between security and being creepy and I think the Netatmo Presence is on the right side of things. This porch light/security camera melds the best of an automatic LED floodlight with an outdoor webcam, offering you a way to keep tabs on things even if you don’t want to leave the relative safety of your basement bunker. Designed by French company …

PBS debuts its own tablet for kids, the Playtime Pad

The public broadcaster PBS today unveiled a new plan to bring its children’s television programming to its young audience, who spend more time behind tablets rather than sitting in front of TV sets. It’s debuting its own branded tablet, called the Playtime Pad. The tablet, which is produced by Ematic will come preloaded with PBS Kids’ entertainment, including games, video clips, music videos, and more, as well …

Tesla and Panasonic will make solar cells in Buffalo if SolarCity deal succeeds

Tesla and Panasonic have agreed to begin production of photovoltaic (PV) cells for use in solar power home installations that works with Tesla’s Powerwall and Powerpack solar storage products. The arrangement is non-binding at this stage, however, and will depend on the Tesla acquisition of SolarCity going through to take effect. If the SolarCity/Tesla deal does close, Panasonic will start production of PV cells and …

Galaxy Note 7 now banned from air travel

Withdrawn by Samsung and recalled from store shelves, the explosion-prone Galaxy Note 7 is now forbidden in the skies. The Federal Aviation Administration has officially banned it, via an emergency prohibition order, making it a federal crime to take one on board an airplane. The order restricts passengers from carrying the phone “on their person, in carry-on baggage, in checked …

Turning light-sockets into LCD projectors

Beam is a lightbulb replacement that screws into any light-socket and turns it into a remote-controlled LCD projector. The idea is fascinating: imagine a string of backyard bulbs converted to projectors, or the pot-lights in a long corridor! But there’s some problems. The Beam was kickstarted and came out in retail with a $500 price-point, which is a hard number for an …

U.S. Department of Transportation bans Galaxy Note 7 from all flights

In the latest instalment of Samsung’s ongoing Note 7 saga, the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued an official, blanket ban against bringing the Galaxy Note 7 on airplanes. The ban applies to all Note 7 devices, and covers both carry-on and checked baggage, as well as prohibiting anyone from carrying the phone onto a plane on their person. The ban will go into effect …

WristWhirl lets you control your smartwatch with hand gestures (and look mad while you do it)

It’s a funny thing: smartwatches are supposed to be the more accessible alternative to your smartphone, but you can operate a phone with one hand, while the watch takes two. Luckily, Dartmouth researchers are on the case, and have engineered a way to use your wrist as a sort of joystick, allowing you to use your smartwatch one-handed. It’s a very hacky project; this isn’t …